Annette  Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

My experience after Hugo hit here in Charlotte in 1989 - the city stood still as far as any business goes besides construction going on. Gas was very difficult to find, but, the community was out in force, helping one another. For weeks, you saw very little but, power trucks from all over the east coast and heard the sound of chain saws during every daylight minute! I cannot imagine how many weeks it will take to recover from a storm of Irma's magnitude though, Annette.

Worry about getting out - not about duct taping anything right now - just GET OUT! Be safe and keep us posted, Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041.

Sep 09, 2017 02:20 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

you made it in real'll make it through a hurricane.... stay safe...

Sep 09, 2017 02:03 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Come on up north, we can find you a Hurricane season home and when the repairs are done you can head on down for the winter.

Sep 09, 2017 02:13 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Take care, Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 . Nothing is worth your safety!

Sep 09, 2017 04:38 PM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Stay safe. Houses can be rebuilt.

Sep 09, 2017 01:45 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We keep praying that Irma will slow down.  I am sure that with your resilience you will handle whatever happens.  The main objective is that you stay safe.  A

Sep 09, 2017 04:35 PM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Im in the same situation right now my friend hang in there, we will get through this. 

Sep 09, 2017 03:55 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Stay safe... it is not a positive outlook for a while for your state. I've never had to live through any such catastrophe, so can't share any experiences.

Sep 09, 2017 02:06 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Thankfully I do not have any experience after a real estate "disaster" beyond the mortgage crisis.  Nothing compared to what the hurricanes are producing. 

I have no words other than stay safe.  Batten down the hatches. 

Prayers to everyone.  

Sep 09, 2017 04:51 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Safety first. Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 

Sep 09, 2017 02:26 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Stay safe.  That's most important.

Re: the aftermath, things were a mess here after Irene and Sandy.  We had many without power for 2 weeks.  After Sandy, major gas shortage.

For the flooring business, for Irene we had jobs delayed due to power; then 2-3 months later a bit of extra business from flooding in basements (after insurance kicked in).

Sandy was worse overall...basically 2 weeks of no business/no couldn't drive anywhere w/ all the trees and lack of gas/3 hr gas lines.  Then, I had jobs that were sold pre-Sandy that got canceled as people had to pay to remove trees and fix roofs so they could no long afford interior projects. Then, election distraction...then, it was too close to Thanksgiving for jobs to be done in time so they delayed in Spring.  It was not good for my business.

For both hurricanes, we had jobs delayed due to delayed closings as houses needed to get reinspected.

But, I was glad that everyone I knew here was safe (we got lucky as the storm shifted).  But, NYC and Long Island and Queens were a mess.

Oh, and many businesses in NYC were "relocated" for months. 

I think people overlook the big impact...even beyond the obvious people/houses directly impacted. For some areas esp on Long Island and a few coastal areas in our county, there were big impacts to flood insurance (and hence house values) and a lot of homes had to be elevated.


Most important, I hope people are safe.  I'm trying to write a mega article to give people advice on the insurance/recovery end.  But, I have a hunch I won't finish until next week.

Sep 09, 2017 02:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Take great care and be safe.

Sep 09, 2017 01:47 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Still living the experience here in Minot after our flood in June of 2011 Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 . 6 years later it's still just about impossible to sell homes in the valley. The other thing about a disaster... expect a LOT of conmen flooding the area posing as contractors.

Sep 09, 2017 05:19 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Clean up is the hardest part. I suspect those day labors will charge an arm and a leg too. Here they want $25/hr and a big lunch.

Stay safe. 

Sep 09, 2017 04:22 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

There is always an opportunity to help those who will consider selling after this kind of disaster-to-be. And there are a lot of people coming in to take advantage of lower rates.

Sep 09, 2017 03:43 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I predict it will weaken! Buckle down and ride it out at this point. Good luck.

Sep 09, 2017 03:11 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

First and foremost, get to safety!

I have no experience with a natural disaster aftermath.  I can only imagine the market will be pretty dead for a while as the damage is assessed and recovery starts.  For those agents living on the income from sale to sale, it could be a personal financial disaster. That is another reason to work toward multiple streams of income.

Sep 10, 2017 07:17 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Stay safe Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 and please send updates to let us know you are ok

Sep 10, 2017 06:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

This too shall pass, it is a matter of when and the amount of destruction. 

Sep 10, 2017 06:03 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

You're a strong woman who will florish in the aftermath.  Until then - thoughts and prayers for your safety!! 

Sep 10, 2017 05:46 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Was just thinking about you and here you are.  Our thoughts are with you - above all stay safe - all else can be rebuilt!

Sep 10, 2017 05:38 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

It will take quite a while for things to get back to normal if the storm is as horrible as predicted. Just stay safe and do whatever is necessary to keep your spirits, and those of your family and friends, up. 

Sep 10, 2017 05:23 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Be safe and good luck to you.

Sep 10, 2017 05:00 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Stay safe.

A few months after receiving my real estate license, the Northridge earthquake hit and while my area was more than a few miles east of the epicenter there was an impact for all of Los Angeles County.  

That first year, I represented more tenants in transactions than in any year since.   I worked with a lot of people looking to relocate temporarily.   It was obviously a year filled with many new experiences in a new field...I took it all in.   Changes occurred in the marketplace that certainly taught me about flexibility.   



Sep 09, 2017 10:02 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Prayers for you and all those who are in harms way.  Everyone "Stay Safe"

Sep 09, 2017 09:41 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sorry about that happening but it shifted from our SE Florida home.

Sep 09, 2017 09:15 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Stay safe. It will be a big distraction for a few weeks. After you weather the storm and everything settles back down you will likely see a surge in the market where people will decide to relocate locally or away from the coast.

Sep 09, 2017 07:20 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Yes, duct tape will 'fix' most anything, though my first thought, if it's not too late, is to evacuate.  You need to be safe Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041.  We have not experienced a disaster of that magnitude here in AZ. 

Sep 09, 2017 07:06 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

You can still count on the Snowbirds coming south !

Sep 09, 2017 07:00 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Oh no, Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 !  You need to get out and stay safe!

Sep 09, 2017 06:03 PM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Annette, you and your home stay safe. 

Sep 09, 2017 04:48 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

So far the worst disaster I've been in was the 1989 SF Quake that leveled the Bay Bridge, Embarcaderro and many other landmarks. I was in property management not sales back then, I don't recall what the market was doing...but I bet many wanted to sell and leave Cali. Godspeed Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 

Sep 09, 2017 04:44 PM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Take care of yourself, family and friends Anette. And please keep us updated. We wish you the best of outcomes.

Sep 10, 2017 07:30 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 Stay safe!!

Sep 10, 2017 06:19 AM
Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Hold on Annette! It looks like the West coast of Florida is "Taking one for the Team" this time.  Not fun.

Sep 10, 2017 06:16 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Geez. Be careful.

Sep 10, 2017 06:05 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Stay safe, Annette!

Sep 10, 2017 05:34 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Stay safe Annette.

Sep 10, 2017 05:20 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Stay safe.

Sep 10, 2017 04:13 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Stay safe.

Sep 10, 2017 03:44 AM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

My only question is why you stayed? I truly hope you have supplies and stay safe.

Sep 10, 2017 02:57 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 - Stay safe my friend.

Sep 09, 2017 09:54 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Forget  the tape...leave and  be safe

Sep 09, 2017 07:57 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Consultation demand should rise to the top of the list for "what to do" now

Sep 09, 2017 06:10 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I hope you and yours are safe.....

Looking forward to your updates. 

Sep 10, 2017 09:37 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Duct tape and a couple Sham-Wows and you should be fine.

Seriously, I hope everything is OK.

Sep 10, 2017 03:52 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Please be safe and keep us inform on you.

Sep 10, 2017 01:37 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Be safe.  The big earthquakes didn't hit my area hard (we're bedrock here).  While Northridge fell over in 94, we had a lamp fall over.  People moved to our area, it was a good selling feature!

Sep 10, 2017 09:47 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Don't worry, my 88 year old parents are in Venice and refuse to leave their home. Fortunately, the storm surge is not expected to reach their neighborhood.

Sep 10, 2017 09:06 AM